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# What was the medication error rate? Assume that 150 doses of medication were prescribed by the resident's physician to be administered in a given time period. However, 2 doses ordered were not given and 3 doses were incorrectly administered as prescribed.

A. 2.0 percent
B. 3.0 percent
C. 3.3 percent
D. 5.0 percent

This question is part of NHA Practice Exam
Asked by Stampincheryl, Last updated: Sep 14, 2020

#### Bobby Rickets

Bobby Rickets, Content Reviewer

The answer is A, 2%. This is a math-heavy question, so bear with me. The formula for finding the medication error rate is as follows: divide the number of errors by the sum of total doses given plus the omissions. This number is then multiplied by 100.

For this scenario, you would divide 3 by 150, since the question specifies three doses were administered wrong and two were missed, meaning 148 were given in total. So, 3/150 gives us the answer of 0.02. Multiplying 0.02 by 100 gives us 2%.

If you didn’t understand the formula the first time around, that’s alright. This is a medicine-field kind of math, so the language can get a bit daunting to those not in medicine.

Stampincheryl

3.3 percent